From Housewives to Business Women
Looking for a bit of a midweek-pick-me-up dose of inspiration? Look no further than to the community of El Cristal in San Vicente. The women of this community have not only participated in various trainings through Ciudad Mujer, taken on leadership roles in El Cristal, and worked on community development projects but also have come together to form an official, legal union through which they can sell their goods.
Some of their current and past projects include:
- Attending workshops where they learn to make natural shampoos and soaps that they can then sell and profit from.
- Petitioning the national government to receive the deeds to the land that they live on, thus giving them full ownership.
- Even more, there are women from this group that are on the community board that brought potable water, electricity, latrines, and other infrastructure to El Cristal.
The women of this community are empowered and making their home better for all! These women are ready to bring regular economic and social development to their community. However, they lack the final funds for a physical space to actually put all of their business skills into practice. Now, some spirits may be dampened by this setback. However, that is just not the case with the women of El Cristal. When talking about their need, Maria de los Angeles, one of the women at last Tuesday’s meeting, encouraged everyone that, “hay que seguir adelante!” (We have to keep moving forward!) Her spirit of enthusiasm was contagious. All the other women were able to rally around that sense of purpose and remember that “una comunidad organizada tiene fuerza” (“an organized community has strength”).
Want to stand alongside these women in their community and economic development initiatives? To find out more about how you can accompany the women of El Cristal, please contact our Grassroots Coordinator, Sarah Hall, at firstname.lastname@example.org today!